Private John Garscia

Private John Garscia

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, February 21, 1909

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John Garscia

Private Garscia was accidentally shot and killed by another officer while executing a warrant in Inkerman, Pennsylvania.

Private Garscia and another officer were inside a saloon when they both attempted to arrest a subject with an outstanding warrant. The subject resisted arrest and as Private Garscia partner drew his revolver, the weapon accidentally fired wounding Private Garscia. Private Garscia was taken to Pittston Hospital where he succumbed to his wound a week later.

Private Garscia was a United States Army veteran and had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for more than three years. Private Garscia was assigned to Troop B, Wilkes-Barre, present-day Troop P, Wilkes-Barre. He was survived by his wife and son who moved to Warsaw, Poland.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 3 years, 2 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Incident Date Saturday, February 13, 1909

accidental discharge, arrest attempt

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No passage of time can ever erase your service, military as well as police, and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

February 21, 2021

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